Arunachal Pradesh – one of the northeastern states of India is rich in socio cultural heritage with many tribal groups; with unique ethics that have been followed from time immemorial and are continued till now. The old traditions are respected immensely by the locals and the visitors as well. However, some very old traditions that people do not find necessary today are not followed. They are not forgotten but preserved; like wearing large nose plugs and tattoos on face by Apatani women are not followed by the women of new generation. But these tribal customs are still given importance and are preserved. Arunachal Pradesh has many museums where ancient materials, customs and traditions are kept safe for visitors and new generations to visit, see and understand them.
The museums in Arunachal Pradesh are ethnographic and the first one was established in 1956. They have altogether a little over seven thousand specimens that include pottery, woodcarving, textiles, basketry, headgears etc. Currently the state has twelve ethnographic museums; out of these one is yet to be functional. Apart from these places, is one more museum named as Arunachal Pavilion located in Guwahati Assam, which was set up by the Directorate of Research, Government of Arunachal Pradesh in January 2009.
Some of the museums to visit in Arunachal Pradesh are: Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum in Papum Pare District, The District Museum in Ziro, The Tezu Distrcit Museum in Lohit Distrcit, Bomdila District Museum in West Kameng, Tawang District Museum in Tawang, The Daporijo District Museum at Upper Subansiri, Seppa District Museum in East Kameng, The Changlang District Museum in Changlang District, Aalo District Museum at East Siang, Pasighat District Museum at West Siang, The Khonsa District Museum at Tirap District and the Roing District Museum at Lower Dibang in Arunachal Pradesh.